When a stoic government official in post-war Japan learns he has terminal cancer, he realizes he has squandered his life on meaningless red tape and has no close family or friendships to lean on. He resolves to use his remaining time to usher an insignificant but popular civic project, a children's playground, through the bureaucracy he knows so well. The acclaimed Akira Kurosawa directs.
This is a classic that addresses the topics of cancer, death, and finding meaning in life. Viktor Frankl wrote that man must have a "why" to live as well as a "how." This is what the protagonist in Ikiru learns.
Here is a good review: Ikiru
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